24 September 2015: LDC Watch, the umbrella group for civil society organisations from Least Developed Countries has insisted that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed unless there are additional measures to help LDCs. These include an increase in ODI to LDCs, debt cancellation, technology transfer without intellectual property rights, measures to protect against the plunder of LDCs’ natural resources, common but differentied responsibilities and immediate finance to mitigate the effects of climate change. Continue reading →
23-sept.:L’éducation des filles gagne du terrain dans le monde, mais certaines zones géographiques restent à la traîne, souligne un rapport de l’Unicef. Progrès pour les enfants fait le point sur la scolarisation primaire et secondaire des enfants dans le monde, au regard de deux objectifs de l’ONU : combler le fossé entre les sexes en matière de scolarisation en 2005 et garantir que, d’ici à 2015, tous les enfants aient une éducation primaire complète.
La menace des déchets plastiques ou « péril plastique » est de plus en plus prise en charge en Afrique. Après plusieurs pays de la sous-région, le Sénégal écologique a entamé la croisade en prenant le taureau par les cornes, d’une législation prudente qui circonscrit l’interdiction aux « sacs en plastique à bretelles et d’une épaisseur inférieure à 30 microns » Continue reading →
Le commerce peut contribuer à accélérer l’industrialisation et la transformation structurelle de l’Afrique. C’est ce qu’affirme avec force le Rapport économique sur l’Afrique 2015 de la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA). Le rapport s’appuie notamment sur les messages clés des deux éditions précédentes, qui préconisaient l’industrialisation fondée sur les produits de base et soulignaient le rôle important de la politique industrielle dans la transformation structurelle. Continue reading →
17 April Jeffrey Moyo (IPS) – There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people being displaced by the affluent and powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists say. “Our forefathers cried foul during colonialism when their land was grabbed by colonialists more than a century ago, but today history repeats itself, with our own political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land,” Claris Madhuku, director of the Platform for Youth Development (PYD), a democracy lobby group in Zimbabwe. Continue reading →
Jake Johnson, The Nation, 18 March 2015: The corrugated metal fences surrounding construction sites in downtown Port-au-Prince are covered with a simple message: “Haiti ap vanse,” or “Haiti is moving forward.” Where once many thousands of people made tattered tents and makeshift shelters their home, now massive concrete shells and cranes stand tall amidst the rubble. Returning to Haiti, along with much of the world’s major media, for the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 and displaced 1.5 million, it’s impossible not to see some signs that Haiti is in fact “moving forward.” The large camps of internally displaced persons, the most visible sign of the quake’s lasting impact, have for the most part been cleared, though certainly some remain. But beneath the veneer of progress, a more disturbing reality is apparent.
Pinaki Roy (the third pole) : As the sea keeps rising due to climate change and affecting coastal Bangladesh, turning the soil and groundwater saline, scientists have been breeding salt tolerant varieties of rice, the main crop in the region. But the sea keeps coming in and turning everything more and more saline, well beyond the point that salt tolerant rice varieties can tolerate.
The latest salt tolerant rice variety – that the scientists released among Bangladeshi farmers as recently as November 20 – can tolerate a salinity of up to 8 deci Siemens per metre (dS/m, equivalent to 512 parts per million). Continue reading →
NEW YORK, Jan 10 2015 (IPS) – Ahmed Sareer, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations & Ambassador of Maldives to the United States of America, talks about the challenges faced by countries which graduate from being ‘Least Developed’. Since 1971, Maldives is one of only three countries that have graduated from the ranks of the world’s “least developed countries” (LDCs) – the other two being Botswana and Cape Verde. Continue reading →
Keshav Thoker, My Republica: Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States discusses his office’s role in advancing the agenda of LDCs at the global table and Nepal’s chances of graduating to a developing country status (Reprinted from www.myrepublica.com) Continue reading →
Richard Jones 11 December 2014 (devex) Outside the European Commission-funded MSF-run Ebola treatment center in the Donka district of the Guinean capital, Conakry. Some 180 health workers are treating 53 patients suspected or confirmed as having contracted Ebola. More than 17,800 people have been infected in West Africa since the worst Ebola epidemic on record began in Guinea, in Dec. 2013.